May 15: Concert Celebrates 25 Years of College & Community Band

Event Details

Date: May 14, 2014

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Elmen Center

Ticket Info: $10 for adults | $5 for seniors | Free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID |

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Augustana College & Community Band during its concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, in the Elmen Center.

The event will feature a commissioned piece in honor of the anniversary by College & Community Band Director Dr. Earl Sherburne titled "A Soaring Spirit."  

In its 25 year-history, the Band has been led by only three directors, all of whom will return to the stage to direct during this concert: Dr. Bruce Ammann, directing "On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss," by David Holsinger; Dr. Paul Schilf directing John O’Reilly’s "Fantasia On An Irish Hymn," and Sherburne, who will also direct "Under the Double Eagle and Pirates of the Caribbean."

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and are free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID and are available at

The concert will also feature the Augustana Band, directed by Dr. Paul Schilf, along with a solo performance by tuba player Michael Andersen.

A native of Miller, South Dakota, Andersen is a graduate of South Dakota State University where he majored in music education. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Tuba Performance from the University of South Dakota. He's taught band in Clark and Canton, South Dakota, and currently teaches middle school band and jazz bands at Worthington Middle School in Worthington, Minnesota. 

Andersen has played tuba with the South Dakota Symphony since 1993. He is also principal tuba and bass guitarist with the Sioux City Symphony. He has performed solo with the South Dakota State University Symphonic and Jazz Bands, the University of South Dakota Concert Band, and numerous area city and municipal bands. He is also an adjunct instructor of tuba at Augustana and maintains a private tuba and bass guitar studio. 

A freelance electric bassist, Andersen has played with numerous area jazz/rock bands, including the South Dakota Jazz Orchestra and the R&B band Life Before Color.  He is a member of International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC), Jazz Education Network (JEN), National Association for Music Education (MAfME), Minnesota Educators Association (MEA), Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) and Phi Beta Mu.

Andersen will be playing "Tuba Concerto, Opus 46" by John Galland.  Other numbers include "Firework," "The Dynamic Death-Defying Daredevil Ducks of Duluth," and "DanzasCubanas."